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Farmanco Facts - October 2023

Contributions from our Consulting Teams include Harvesting Short Crops, Utilising this Mixed Season’s Data for Future Management, The Importance of Seeking the Other Side of the Story, The Future of Canola and Farmanco at the Dowerin Machinery Field Days, 2023.


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Teaser points:


Harvesting Short Crops

David Cameron (Agronomist)

  • Consider whether your estimated crop yield will cover the cash cost of harvest.

  • Check out DPIRD’s updated tips in this article for harvesting dry season crops.

Patchy thin crops are the norm in dry seasons. While plant density is better this season due to infrequent light rainfall events, they are still short and lightweight, with areas of little or no grain.

 

Utilising this Mixed Season’s Data for Future Management

Alice Butler (Precision Ag Consultant)

  • In a dry season, spring biomass imagery and yield data can demonstrate soil water holding capacity, distinguishing soil types.

  • With more years of data, you will build a library of different seasonal conditions, increasing confidence to change management decisions.

In areas where growers have experienced an average to above average season, biomass imagery and yield can inform a replacement fertiliser strategy. For growers experiencing an average to below average season, spring biomass imagery and yield data can demonstrate soil water holding capacity, distinguishing the lighter sands from the duplex or heavier soil types.

 

The Importance of Seeking the Other Side of the Story

Katrina Kowald (Management Consultant)

  • Who do you trust when trying to find information, about any topic? It’s increasingly difficult in the age of hyper-personalisation.

  • You need to get comfortable with being uncomfortable.

  • Be sceptical — is the information you are reading fact, opinion or even false?

  • Why are you seeing what you are seeing?

  • To get a balanced view, seek the opposing side of any story.

In today’s age of constant access to information, how do you know what is or isn’t real? How do you know what to trust or even if you are getting all the information you require to make decisions?

 

The Future of Canola

Mae Connelly (Grain Marketing Consultant)

  • Biodiesel is a major market for Australian canola.

  • Globally, cars are expected to move to electrification in the coming decades.

  • Electric cars mean less demand for biodiesel, so where does this leave canola?

Currently, around 20% of global canola is used to produce biofuels. The world seems to be moving towards electric cars, so how will this impact demand for canola as a biofuel going forward?

 

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